After more than five decades of service to the Congress, veteran leader Ghulam Nabi Azad parted ways with the organisation last month. He is expected to start his own party soon. In support of Azad, more than two dozen well-known Congressmen and women, including the former deputy chief minister Tara Chand and a number of former ministers and lawmakers, resigned from the party. Additionally, two former lawmakers from the PDP and Apni parties did the same. He has previously stated that protecting the citizens’ rights to their land and employment, as well as restoring Jammu and Kashmir’s statehood, will be the primary priorities of his party.
According to him, the new party’s name and flag have been decided upon, and it will only be a matter of time until it joins the political scene in Jammu and Kashmir.
On August 26, Azad, 73, announced his resignation from Congress, calling the party “comprehensively destroyed.” Rahul Gandhi was criticised for “demolishing” the party’s whole consultative process, as well.
“I am inviting the media tomorrow (Monday) before the launch of the party. I am here to meet workers and leaders,” Azad told reporters in a brief interaction at his residence here upon his arrival from Delhi.
A trusted assistant to the former chief minister of J&K has corroborated the information. “He is having two back to back separate meetings with senior and second rung leaders later today,” he said, adding Azad is visiting Srinagar on September 27.
He has previously stated that protecting the citizens’ rights to their land and employment, as well as restoring Jammu and Kashmir’s statehood, will be the primary priorities of his party.